All about touring, whether you are a local or visiting from overseas.
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I met up with a Dutch guy riding through NZ and I'm inspired.
He had a touring mtb with what he called "touring geometry" I'm guessing that the fork angle was a little less twitchie,
and front suspension forks with lockout, 14sp rolfe.
all up rig weight was about 50kg.
I can't remember the brand - it looked like a perfect setup - any ideas on the brand?
- also a technical question - I would have thought that if you were using suspension forks it would be better to have the front panniers attached to the bike not the axle so it would not be unsprund weight - is that a good idea? is it possible?
I don't know much about touring geometries but I tour on a Giant XTC3 and it works fine. Front panniers are mounted on low rider racks atttached to front forks which works great. My suspension is getting on a bit and doesn't lock out anymore so that affects the steering slightly with a handlbar bag in that I sometimes get a slight flutter (the bike not me) but I'm used to it. My bike isn't light but its solid and rugged and hasn't let me down yet, touring or commuting.
From your brief description and his nationality I'd say probably a Koga Miyata, probably the World Traveller?
 Ah!! No Rohloff . Maybe he's converted it, or else maybe it's a Thorn Raven Nomad
Or with front suspension, something like the Thorn Raven Sterling
There are lots of truly wonderful touring machines avilable in the larger market of Europe
I take it you are referring to bike + panniers here??
Yes, it's theoretically the better option to keep the unsprung wheel as light as possible, hence more responsive to bumps. In practice most racks are not designed for this. There are some racks that can be adapted to mount on the lower suspension legs and a few that are designed for this. The exception is the Tubus Swing (very durable)
which has mounts solely on the fork crown and steerer.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
yes you are 100% correct it was a koga - if you ferrit the web site there is a fantastic customisation app called signature, I can assemble an exact copy; lockout suspension forks and rolfe, even the 1.5L coke bottle holder!
but well over 3,000Eu
yeh yeh yeh --> 20kg bike with empty panniers,
30kg food/tent/clothes/electronics gadgets
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